Not Like Beckett
Not Like Beckett
Title: Not Like Beckett
Author: Watts, Michael
Character Ages: Any
Length: 1.5 hrs approximately
Target Audience: Senior Years / Adult
Style: Absurdist / Comedy
Themes: Absurdism, colonialism, love
Watts language evokes the beautiful desolation
of outback landscapes and provides a thoughtful
subtext on the bleak marriage between colonial
romanticism and indigenous extinction. The Age
Meet Walter Walloon Beckett! An all-singing, all-dancing, comedian extraordinaire. The last of the famous Beckett clan. And hes a rabbit! With his lucky rabbit foot stuck in a trap on top of a hilltop in outback Australia, Walter has plenty of time to reflect on his less than exemplary life, and his unrequited love for a bilby named Boo Boo. Michael Watts unique play is a raw and dangerously funny reflection on the colonization of Australia. Playful and razor sharp in turns, Not Like Beckett explores what it is to love and be human, albeit in a bunny sort of way.
Not Like Beckett is a highly-produced new Australian work, with productions at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne (2006), Deckchair Theatre in Freemantle (2007), Red Dust Theatre in Alice Springs (2007), and the Darwin Theatre Company (2007).
Michael Watts wrote Train Dancing for the Adelaide Festival and Under the Rain Tree for Red Dust Theatre Productions before writing Not Like Beckett in 2007. He received an Australia Council grant for Banff PlayRites Centre in 2005 and attended the Australian National Playwrights Conference that same year. He is a published poet and has worked as a theatre designer and critic. He is a founding member of the Red Dust Theatre in Alice Springs.
Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping